A quick and early jump on the season continues to be the norm for the 2010 planting season. As of the first week of June good progress in seeding this year’s edible bean crop is being reported.
Reports from the Red River Valley show between two thirds (2/3) and three quarters of the intended acres are in the ground. Similarly in Manitoba seeding completion approached 70%. In Ontario growers had picked up nearly 65% of their seed bookings. And in Michigan the USDA NASS field office showed the following
Crop progress for week ending 05/30/10
: This : Last : Last : 5-year
Crop : week : week : year :average
Corn, planted : 93 85 89 94
Corn, emerged : 80 63 55 69
Dry beans, planted : 23 2 5 7
Oats, emerged : 100 95 78 92
Oats, headed : 5 0 1 5
Soybeans, planted : 73 50 59 77
Soybeans, emerged : 45 22 23 38
Winter wheat, headed : 65 8 22 33
By all reports those crops and fields planted, are at, or well ahead of schedule.
The only fly in the ointment has been the weather which in these past critical days for dry beans has turned very wet. Manitoba experienced 4-6 inches of rain, Ontario’s bean growing area also got hit but with spotty and heavy coverage. Radar weather showed Michigan also receiving heavy showers through the bean growing zone. The last part of the bean crop will go into the ground at teh tail end of the optimum planting window.